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Using Hotels to Address Homelessness

By |2020-11-02T12:36:45-07:00October 29, 2020|Uncategorized|

Edmonton and Calgary are considering the use of distressed hotels to address the issue of homelessness. The hotel industry has been decimated by the impacts of COVID-19 and the severe downturn in Alberta’s oil and gas industry. Edmonton and Calgary’s hotel sectors have been hit particularly hard, resulting in an oversupply of guest rooms. This [...]

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AHLA Introduces Changes to Keep Membership Affordable

By |2020-10-29T21:33:18-06:00October 22, 2020|Uncategorized|

No one could have anticipated how the events of 2020 would affect the hotel industry. To support our members, the AHLA's Board of Directors has approved a new model to make membership affordable. This new model will: Support member retention, Increase industry penetration, and Drive participation in AHLA programs. The model includes a reduction in [...]

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Government Plans to Increase Financial Assistance for Businesses

By |2020-10-22T10:19:13-06:00October 14, 2020|Uncategorized|

The federal government is planning to provide more financial assistance to businesses. This includes: Extending the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) for hardest hit businesses, including hotels, until June 2021. They will also raise the current subsidy rate to 65% of eligible wages until December 19, 2020. Expanding the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) to help [...]

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Travel Alberta — the (re)Bound of Alberta’s Visitor Economy

By |2020-10-14T15:20:02-06:00October 5, 2020|Uncategorized|

Tourism was one of the first and most significantly impacted sectors of the COVID-19 pandemic. At Ascend 2020, Travel Alberta provided an update on the Alberta re(Bound) Strategy to rebuild the tourism industry, including key research and insights into traveler sentiments. Also, President & CEO Dave Kaiser talked about the AHLA’s [...]

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Advocacy, Resources & Sustainability: A Road Map for the Future

By |2020-10-05T09:48:15-06:00October 1, 2020|Uncategorized|

By Chris Barr, AHLA Board Chair Alberta hotels are one of the hardest-hit industries of the COVID-19 pandemic. Hoteliers have had to drastically adapt our businesses and make a lot of hard decisions just to survive. When the pandemic hit, the AHLA quickly refocused to provide members with the immediate support and resources they needed [...]

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Don’t Pay More Property Tax Than You Have To

By |2020-10-01T17:04:42-06:00October 1, 2020|Uncategorized|

In various communities across Alberta, pre-roll consultation periods for 2021 property tax assessments are about to begin. Pre-roll offers authorized representatives (sometimes referred to as “property tax agents”) the opportunity to see an estimate of a property's tax assessment before it is officially released in January. This assessment is then used to determine the property [...]

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Federal Government Moves to Extend Wage Subsidy

By |2020-10-01T16:25:04-06:00September 29, 2020|Uncategorized|

The 2020 Speech from the Throne included key asks that the AHLA and the Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) have been advocating for, including: Extending the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) to summer of 2021, Expanding the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) to help businesses with fixed costs, Improving access to Government loans (BCAP), Introducing further support for industries that have been the hardest [...]

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That’s a Wrap! Ascend focuses on recovery for Alberta hotels

By |2020-09-29T13:28:28-06:00September 23, 2020|Uncategorized|

Hotels around Alberta now have more data and resources to help manage today’s economic challenges, following the AHLA’s first annual Ascend conference for industry leaders on September 21 and 22. Held virtually this year, attendees heard from top tourism, real estate, and financial advisors in two jam-packed days that included: Energy sector investment expert Josef Schachter [...]

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Ministry Approves Temporary Layoff Extension for AHLA Members

By |2020-11-24T11:24:08-07:00September 15, 2020|Uncategorized|

The AHLA has been working with Alberta Labour and Immigration to extend temporary layoff rules for our members. We are pleased to announce that our request has been approved, and that a Ministerial Order has been issued to extend temporary layoffs for AHLA members to the end of 2020. This extension will allow AHLA members to [...]

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Preventing Commercial Kitchen Fires

By |2020-09-15T12:06:18-06:00September 10, 2020|Uncategorized|

by Western Financial Group Insurance Solutions Commercial kitchen fires account for a large number of fire claims in Canada. The majority of these fires are the result of poor construction or maintenance practices. Fires tend to start when flare-ups ignite the grease residue on the filters or within the exhaust duct. The following tips can [...]

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